Wall Street, economic growth, currencies in focus

In market action overnight on Wall Street, stocks sold off amid fears of a slowing global economy and weaker-than-expected reading on U.S. manufacturing. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 660.02 points, or 2.8 percent, to close at 22,686.22. At its session low, the Dow fell more than 700 points. The S&P 500 shed 2.47 percent…

US warns travelers of China’s ‘coercive’ use of exit bans

In an updated advisory released Thursday, the State Department kept China at Level 2 — the same as 2018 — “due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals.” However, it expanded upon the potential risks posed to US citizens by the country’s exit bans. “Chinese authorities have…

Pope Cites ‘Crisis of Credibility’ in Message to U.S. Bishops on Sex Abuse

ROME — Pope Francis told United States bishops on Thursday to set aside their differences so they could confront a widespread “crisis of credibility” stemming from the sexual abuse scandal. In a letter addressed to American bishops, who are on a weeklong retreat near Chicago, Francis urged church leaders to listen to “the pain of…

Congress, Espionage, China Economy: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest. 1. Democrats took control of the House of Representatives and elected Nancy Pelosi as speaker, returning divided government to Washington. The power shift came amid a partial government shutdown, with President Trump’s insistence on a wall on the Mexican border…

Italian Super Cup: Matteo Salvini criticizes Saudi Arabia match

Salvini, leader of Italy’s far-right League party, condemned the fact that sections of the King Abdullah Sports City stadium for the January 16th game will be reserved for men only. In a Facebook Live video, Salvini, a Milan fan, said: “That the Italian Super Cup is played in an Islamic country where women can’t go…

US scouting sites for 2nd Trump-Kim summit

On Wednesday, Trump struck an upbeat tone as he waved what he called a “great letter” from Kim in front of reporters and his Cabinet in the Oval Office. Trump did not reveal what it said but sources familiar with the letter said it was designed to remind Trump of the strength of their relationship…

116th Congress Live Updates: The House Elects a New Speaker

Ms. Pelosi suffered more than a dozen defections, mainly from freshmen who won their Republican districts in part by pledging to oppose her as speaker. Freshmen who did not vote for Ms. Pelosi: Anthony Brindisi of New York, Jason Crow of Colorado, Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Ben McAdams of Utah, Max Rose of New…

Liverpool’s unbeaten run ended by Manchester City

Goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane ensured defending champion City cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to just four points with a deserved 2-1 win. Jurgen Klopp’s side traveled to the Etihad Stadium on the hunt for its first league title in 29 years but found it difficult to settle into…

New York Times: Democrat Jim Webb being floated for defense secretary

Mattis stepped down from his role in December following President Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement that he is pulling troops out of Syria. He has been temporarily replaced by his former deputy, Patrick Shanahan. Webb served as secretary of the Navy under former President Ronald Reagan, and represented Virginia in the US Senate. He launched a…

Driver who struck, killed toddler in stroller had to be revived with Narcan

CINCINNATI — A driver charged in the death of a 2-year-old boy was under court order not to drive at the time of the crash, according to court documents, and had been arrested on impaired driving charges just eight days prior. The boy died after being hit by a pickup truck while being pushed in…